Well, actually you may not have to “break” any diet, because this bread is quality!
I love Jane’s Gluten Free Bread! I will seek out cafe’s that stock it, and they become a favourite of mine, as you will notice from my post my top Melbourne cafes to visit!
It’s light, fluffy, preservative-free and oh so delicious! Her bread is made from predominantly rice flour, so it feels light and easily digested. It also contains a few sunflower and flaxseeds throughout the mix.
Jane is an artisan baker in Hawthorn who supplies bread to a number of inner-eastern cafes. The bread is also available for purchase at The Common Good Ethical Grocer, Hawthorn, Sprout Organic Grocer (both in Hawthorn) and Aunt Maggie’s in Malvern.
Over Easter, I also tried her gluten-free hot cross buns and they were to die for! Absolutely devine! I wonder what other goods she will cook up next.
So these are my top 6 paleo-ish restaurants in melbourne, aside from the obvious “Palate” in Prahran or “The Deck” in Brighton, which are fantastic options for having a very suitable paleo meal. However, here a mix of places that aren’t that paleo-looking from the outside but can easily result in nourishment and happiness (minus the regret and guilt).
And in no particular order….
1. Cru in Kew. Breakfast and lunch offer easily customisable options to satisfy all cavemen and cavewomen alike. Evening options are not quite as easily navigated, however I did have a fantastic chicken dish which was a roasted chicken breast on cauliflower “cous cous”.
My favourite thing about Cru is Jane’s Gluten Free bread! Although bread is not so paleo, this gluten-free bread is divine! Jane is an artisan baker in Hawthorn who supplies bread to a number of inner-eastern cafes. Her bread is made from predominantly rice flour, so it feels light and easily digested. It also contains a few sunflower and flaxseeds throughout the mix. The bread is also available for purchase at The Common Good Ethical Grocer, Hawthorn, Sprout Organic Grocer (both in Hawthorn) and Aunt Maggie’s in Malvern. I used to work with someone who was a friend of Jane’s. Her children are celiac and Jane started baking in her own kitchen to feed her children. Her bread is now very popular in Melbourne, and believe me, it lives up to the hype!
916 Glenferrie Road
(03) 9818 4366
2. Auctions Rooms in North Melbourne is a beautiful cafe/restaurant with a large menu. Evening meals have currently been put on hold, but as daylight savings sets in, perhaps they will reopen their doors. I had one of my all time favourite dishes here – tuna nicoise (minus the potatoes). I asked for a poached egg on the side to bulk up the dish. It was incredible!
103-107 Errol Street
(03) 9326 7749
3. Swan Street’s beautiful Greek restaurant Salona. This menu features a decent range of grilled meats, on the Skara. There are a variety of salads to choose from, and if you’re more primal than paleo and don’t mind a bit of dairy, a couple of share plates could be a good choice.
260A Swan Street
(03) 9429 1460
4. Little Chloe in Malvern is another favourite. This cafe also stocks Jane’s Gluten Free bread! Asian influenced dishes are available, but I can never go past the omelette (on Jane’s bread of course!). The current menu features a spinach, goats cheese and mushroom omelette. The winter version contained chorizo too. There are a good range of lunch dishes too.
1810 Malvern Road
(03) 9885 2194
5. Ora Cafe in Kew is a bit different and a bit interesting. The special board is my favourite – fresh ingredients, good prices and stuff I couldn’t make at home.
I have been impressed with the variety of dishes, particularly lunch dishes.
6. Top Paddock in Richmond is another must visit.
Delicious gluten-free bread that is light and airy with pumpkin seeds.
This was the gin and lime ocean trout with poached egg, potato* and goats cheese*
*not paleo but still delicious!
658 Church Street
(03) 9429 4332